What’s the Buzz?

IMG_9050What’s the Buzz? The Buzz is the future. It’s electric. And it’s Vespa shaped. Aiming to do for the scooter market what Tesla have done for cars, Buzz is recreating yesterdays scooter style with tomorrows technology.

Based in Vietnam, where there’s a lot of love for vintage scoots, Buzz are ‘British Engineered’. My guess is it’s the guys at the Saigon Scooter Centre who are behind this initiative, but I may be wrong!

IMG_9056The images shown are prototypes – the final design promising to morph into a ‘more modern take on this classic shop’ – well, I for one hope they don’t change too much. You know what side of the fence I sit on in the Vespa vs. Lambretta debate… but Vespas are the second most beautiful scooters ever made – so this retro styling looks pretty good!

Of course, it comes down to more that just good looks. These vehicles have got to perform. But with claimed top speeds of 120 kph and a 0-100 kph of under 4 seconds (for the 5000W Buzz1 model) it’s not something to worry about. Even the more modest 2000W models top end of 80kph is fine for commuting and city riding.

IMG_9065The two big ‘pain points’ with electric vehicles are range and charging. The Buzz scooters have a range of 240km – nearly 150 miles in old money. Pretty impressive. And improvements in battery tech could boost that to 400km. If your riding any more than that between charges, your doing some serious level scootering.IMG_3909

Charging should be just as pain free. Plug in overnight for a slow charge (6 hours), or, if you’re in a rush, fast charge to 80% capacity in just 12 minutes.

IMG_9084There’s even an option with a removable roof system – featuring built in solar panels – the goal being you ‘ride for free’ and never have to plug your scoot into the grid. To be honest, I’d rather plug my scooter in once a day than ride around with a roof, but I think this would work well for delivery vehicles. Delivery vehicles in sunny places!

Being 2017, all Buzz bikes will have connectivity to your phone. A RFID system means that you’ll never worry about losing your keys again. You’ll also be able to locate your bike, and check your battery status on your phone.

So, sounds pretty good right? If only it was Lambretta shaped! Well… rumours reach Lambrettista towers that (as well as some other exciting news) an electric Lambretta Vendetta is in the pipeline. Watch this space.

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Find out more on the Buzz website.

Via OffTheClothBoff and Modculture.

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Straight from the 70’s… the future of motorcycling… the Quasar!

quasar_wf Quasar_2_wfHot on the heels of Future Shock, here’s another bike straight out of the future. Yesterdays future. I saw a pic of this bike somewhere recently, and it reminded me of the classic 70’s Bond Bug I posted about on my original CrocodileJock blog way back. I vaguely remember it, probably from Tomorrow’s World, or the original Top Gear with William Woollard.Bond Bug

Anyway, my usual cursory ‘research’ has revealed it was a British bike,  designed and built in 1975 by Malcolm Newell and Ken Leaman. Although it had much to commend it, particularly the build quality, it also had its problems. Its long wheelbase led to it having an enormous turning circle, and the fact that your feet were up on running boards, made stopping a problem, apparently. Although it’s never really been a problem with scooters…Quasars + Bond bug

It was a project that never really lived up to it’s early promise, and only 22 Quasars were built. But it was a bold, innovative and interesting idea, and one that, in more recent years, has reappeared in more successful (but, in my opinion, far duller) models such as the BMW C1. quasar3 quasar7 quasar2 quasar1988739_515669001851371_74223166_n

More info here and here, and that’s where I nicked the pictures from too.